social justice

Call for Submissions: “Music and Social Justice” Series

by Kathryn Beaton October 11, 2017

From Plato to Public Enemy, people have debated the relationship between music and justice—rarely arriving at much consensus over the art form’s ethics and aesthetics, uses and abuses, virtues and vices. So what roles can music and musicians play in agendas of justice? And what should musicians and music scholars do if—during moments of upheaval, complacency, ennui—music ends up seemingly drained of its beauty, power, and relevance? University of Michigan Press is proud to announce a new series, Music and Social Justice. Across academic and trade presses, this is the first (and long overdue) series calling for work in music […]

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Celebrating 20 Years of Corporealities

by Charles Watkinson October 11, 2016

On October 11 author Ann McGuire gives the inaugural Tobin Siebers Prize Lecture at the University of Michigan. Professor McGuire is the winner of the inaugural Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies, named in honor of the pioneering scholar and father of disability studies. In the blog post below, Professor David Mitchell of George Washington University, co-editor of the successful book series Corporealities (in which McGuire’s book appears) reflects on the series’ contribution to the field. Corporealities: Discourses of Disability Series Overview will turn 20 years old in 2017. It is now the longest running academic book series devoted exclusively […]

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Simi Linton’s ‘Invitation to Dance’ to Screen at Moscow Film Festival

by Phillip Witteveen October 24, 2014

In 1971, Simi Linton was in a car accident. She lost her husband, her best friend, and the use of her legs. From that day on, she was in a new category. Once a dancer, a student, and an activist—now she would have to navigate all these social places as a disabled person, too—and in an America that didn’t quite know what to think of the disabled, culturally, institutionally. Basically, she did. And with so much personal inertia that she began to align a movement advocating for social justice in her wake. Linton holds a Ph.D., has authored several books, and is the […]

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Remembering Stuart Scheingold, University of Michigan Press Author and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington

by University of Michigan Press July 9, 2010

Originally posted 6/26/10 at the Seattle Times, by Marc Ramirez. Stuart Scheingold authored the bestselling UMP title The Politics of Rights: Lawyers, Public Policy, and Political Change ————————————————— “Not only was he an eminent scholar, Stuart Scheingold was always warm and gracious with his University of Washington colleagues. It was a testimony to the humble character of a man who spent his career working to better society. “He walked the walk in his everyday personal relationships,” said Michael McCann, a UW colleague and professor of political science who quickly befriended Professor Scheingold after joining the department in 1982. Professor Scheingold, […]

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“Money Isn’t Speech and Corporations Aren’t People” by David Kairys, on Slate

by kris bishop January 29, 2010

David Kairys, the author of Philadelphia Freedom: Memoir of a Civil Rights Lawyer, published an op-ed last Friday on “Money Isn’t Speech and Corporations Aren’t People: The misguided theories behind the Supreme Court’s ruling on campaign finance reform“. A couple days after the President’s State of the Union, in which Obama pointedly disagreed with the recent Supreme Court ruling while the Justices sat directly in front of him, we’ll give David the floor: __________________________________________ “Go back almost a century, to the time when the modern corporation was created, and you’ll find laws that prohibit or limit the use of […]

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